Friday, February 12, 2016

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809.  Beyond the coincidence of their being born on the same day, there were many points of connection in their lives and thought.

I have written a series of posts on this, some of which can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.


joseph said...

Dr. Arnhart,
Really enjoying your blog. Having arrived late to evolution and genetics, having read Cochran's book, I am now convinced of it.
Along the way, I have moved, politically, from libertarian to something more akin to conservative ethno-patriot. One of the criticisms that libertarians level at Lincoln is that, though he was opposed to slavery, he was far from considering blacks equal, or that they should ever mix with whites. Oddly, I also, now, more or less hold that view, which seems to derive from the practical fact that races are real and groups that evolved quite separately will have great difficulty living in close proximity. I'm not suggesting any radical political act, other than immigration cessation.

Larry Arnhart said...

I have written many blog posts on Lincoln, race, IQ, and equality. Lincoln believed that equality of rights should be a "standard maxim for a free society" that should be constantly approximated, even if never perfectly attained. He did not believe in "immigration cessation," because he recognized that most Americans were immigrants or discendants of immigrants.

joseph said...

I'm not suggesting he did believe in immigration cessation, only that I do, based on my political evaluation of human evolution. I'm not suggesting one race is superior, and I fully agree that there is a universal moral equality.
I am suggesting that Lincoln made clear that he was not for mixing blacks and whites.